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My lathe journeys. #23: .... DIY carbide lathe tools ... I shoulda done this sooner :-)

03-19-2015 11:46 PM by JoeinGa | 11 comments »

After reading a LOT of threads here about folks making their own carbide turning tools, I thought I’d give it a go. So last week I ordered some square cutters from Capt Eddie and dug thru my metal pile and found a few pieces of 5/8” square 2024 aluminum sticks left over from some long ago project.....While waiting for the cutters to come in I started doing the rough shaping on my 12” disc sander, using 120 grit paper. ....According to an Internet search I did, the 2024 alum...

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Templates #3: Bandsaw Boxes!

02-23-2011 04:58 AM by dakremer | 5 comments »

Man….I’m having WAY too much fun making templates. I need to get in the shop and actually build something for a change! I dont know what is wrong with me! :) The possibilities for bandsaw boxes are ENDLESS. However, here’s some to start you guys off with – probably ones you’ve seen before….but maybe not. I will definitely be adding more later. I already have some crazy ideas in my head. Just don’t have time to draw them right now! Enjoy –...

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Photography/Woodwork #2

10-09-2014 04:48 PM by Don "Dances with Wood" Butler | 2 comments »

This is the Hair Light.In case you’re wondering, a hair light puts a narrow pool of light on the back of the subject’s head to light up the hair and provide good separation from the background.The first photo shows the part that connects it to a tripod light stand. There’s a 1/4-20 Tee Nut inside of it. Two knobs allow the arm to be adjusted near or far and the other lets me angle the arm up and down. Then there’s the head which can swivel on the arm and the head ca...

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Photography addiction drives Woodworking habit

10-03-2014 10:34 PM by Don "Dances with Wood" Butler | 13 comments »

If you count how long I’ve been working wood by my oldest machine that would be my 28 year old ShopSmith. But truth to tell, it all started when we moved into this house which we believe was built around 1804. Even new houses need care, but when they’re more than two centuries old, they’re REALLY needy. An even older habit with me is photography. I’ve been in and around photography since I worked in a large photo developing plant at the age of 18. Turn those numbers...

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Starburst Patterns.... #1: My version... a Kaleidoscope

11-18-2009 08:03 AM by degoose | 22 comments »

David Mitchell aka Patron first showed us his amazing starburst table ...a few months ago. David sent me a design…a rather simplified version.. This was his gift to me on Fathers day..This is my version of that design… It has taken me a while to get around to it. David I hope you like it!..Here a some blanks cut to size.. First I milled the stock to 5/16 and 2 inches wide… cross cut to just over 3 inches.I used Purple heart and European Walnut.. any complimentary or contras...

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Steps Cutting Board Version 2 (Two Step)

08-18-2010 03:03 AM by SPalm | 68 comments »

This is a second generation Steps cutting board made out of walnut, maple, and cherry. The first Steps board I made used a basic square with edge of maple and cherry to make it a block and a notch to do the stepping. I wanted to try to make a stepping board using the hex Tumbling Block design, and this is what I came up with. In order to make the hex do the stepping, I needed to notch all three sides, as can be seen in the Sketchup drawing. The cool thing here is that it steps in two di...

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Ribbons in Cutting Boards

07-27-2014 02:52 PM by prospector45 | 8 comments »

Several years ago I saw this ribbon design at segmenting.biz/inlayexample. I started by selecting the body of the design. In this case, padauk, yellow heart, aand hickory for three boards. Then I laminated the “ribbons” Then I cut 2” holes in the boards that make up the body of the design. The problem for a flat boarder(cutting board) was how to create the plugs without a center hole. The first idea was wood turning but this would require a massive square of exotic wood...

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3d endgrain cutting board

11-01-2013 10:29 PM by Tag84 | 13 comments »

A video about making a 3d endgrain tumbling cutting board.Walnut, cherry and Maple.Hope you enjoy it!, here is the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1KnJxPJMU8

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My Long Wait for a Workshop #5: Home Made Air Filter

04-26-2011 05:24 PM by JWags | 12 comments »

Hello again, Just finished my homemade shop air filter. I had to change my original plans, which were to hang it from the ceiling. That’s because I also wanted a washable filter, to keep down on the ongoing costs. So here was the final criteria: I needed a blower that would draw and push at least 800 CFm, a primary filter that would catch up to 5 microns, and a secondary filter that would catch 1 micron particles, and not be cost prohibitive. Plus – it had to be quiet. S...

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Heart vase

01-28-2013 06:49 PM by hairy | 2 comments »

I’ll fast forward through the stock preparation. I have 2 blanks, identical in size. They were cut from a board. I marked how they came off the board to get the best grain match. I’ve seen this method used on rectangular boxes. I marked them to maintain that match. I marked the center on a piece of printer paper. I made several copies. I put the inside and outside dimensions on the paper. I drew half of a heart, then I used carbon to make a mirror image . If you’re be...

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